Poetry in Motion

If you step on the New York subway, you may notice the Poetry in Motion series. Generally a subway ride is not very poetic, so all the more I appreciate a piece that makes me cock my head and feel something.

What Do You Believe A Poem Shd Do?

by Ntozake Shange  b. 1948

quite simply a
poem shd fill you
up with something/
cd make you swoon,
stop in yr tracks,
change yr mind,
or make it up.
a poem shd happen
to you like cold
water or a kiss.


4 thoughts on “Poetry in Motion

  1. I know those sorts of abbreviations long pre-date text messages and so on, but they really grate on me. I can’t really appreciate the poem because I find them so irritating!

    • What’s funny is that I didn’t have a lot of time to read the poem when I was on the subway, so I didn’t even notice the abbreviations until I read it again online later. I will look out for a poem in proper English just for you. 🙂

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